“Mother” does not immediately bring politics or historical analysis to mind. It brings forward all our most deeply experienced emotions. For most “Mother” is our first, last and longest love.
The Ninth District Democratic Women’s Network celebrates in our Women’s History section of this website some of the women who have and are making history. As we approach the Mothers’ Day Holiday May 12, 2019; in honor of Mothers. where we all begin, we are soliciting vignettes and anecdotes about our mothers, grandmothers, or ourselves as mother to include in the collection.
In the US the notion of a special holiday to celebrate mothers came as an aspect of the peace movements, as did most of the various women’s movements. Julia Ward Howe was a well known poet, writer and cultural figure of the day. It was in 1870 that she published the widely read Mothers Day Proclamation that proved to be among the early seeds from which the holiday grew Written shortly after the ending of the Civil War, its aim toward ending war is explicit.
In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. In the US. This was the ultimate result of the relentless advocacy of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Her motivation came from work as a peace activist and activist for public health. Both stemmed from her experience as caretaker for the wounded in the Civil War. More in Wikipedia.
Among experiences of motherhood and marriage are the responsibility for the totally dependent, the vulnerable, to nourish into autonomous adulthood and as well manage family,softening, if not repairing,conflicts and the injuries of failure and defeat. All endow knowledge and skills that women bring when we tread into public political arenas.
Recently in a television interview Hillary Clinton referenced the power of determined women joined together in a cause with an account of the women of Liberia who demonstrated and protested until the recent civil war in in that nation ended and a woman elected president.
We in the Ninth District Democratic Women’s Network share the aspiration.to employ in the political process, ultimately for the common good, that power endowed by organizing to bring the shared perspective, knowledge and skills derived from our experiences as women. — W. Lorraine Watkins April 26, 2019
Please. any who have time and wish to share with us so we may publish your words of celebration of your mother or other mothers you have known. You may use the contact form on site or contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or PM on Face Book.
To read those so far in our collection follow the links. Melissa Teague’s poignant memoir of her mother is the first contribution.